In this project, Ephemeral, I honor my mother. Her death crippled me not by the relationship we had, but by the relationship we didn’t. I had always yearned for closeness, for the ability to show her who I was, but I retreated nearly every time I was in her presence. Even with an acute awareness of the transient nature of our time on earth, I always assumed we’d have a little longer. In this series, I explore the dance of hide and seek I played with her, I reminisce about the small moments when parts of me would peek out from the shadows, and I work through accepting the complexities that exist far after our physical bodies expire.